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Video: Great British Bake Off's Iain Watters show-stopping alternative Christmas Cake

Great British Bake Off’s Iain Watters mixes up a delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas pud, and shows us how to make a Chocolate Chestnut Orange Christmas Cake. Watters famously quit the show amidst claims of Baked Alaska sabotage

Chocolate Chestnut Orange Christmas Cake

Chocolate torte

125g soft, stoned prunes

75g butter

125g dark chocolate – around 60% cocoa

200g puree chestnuts

100ml double cream

Juice and zest of 1 orange

3 large eggs, separated

125g caster sugar


Chocolate cake

3 large eggs

250g butter

250g caster sugar

250g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

2 ½ tsp baking powder

Juice and zest of 1 orange


Chocolate water ganache

250g chocolate 60%

125ml boiling water


Italian Meringue

2 egg whites

¼ tsp cream of tartar

110g caster sugar

50ml water



Cocoa for dusting

Candied chestnuts

Flaked almonds


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